Excellent. Now it is absolutely essential that you write her a thank you note stating clearly her promises to refer and requesting to be copied into the referral, or if you prefer see it before it is sent.
An EP is part of the diagnosis team. The EP can not make a diagnosis of ASD that is a clinical diagnosis and an EP is not a clinical practitioner. The Nice guidance states that the gold standard is to have a multi disciplinary team of at least a Clin Psy/ Com Ped and SALT/OT/EP plus input from school and parents. EP appears to be giving the wrong information or is being misquoted.
First thing, call the EP yourself. Don't accept what school reports that she said second hand as gospel. I don't think EPs can overrule an ASD assessment that is underway (in fact I know they can't) and I'd be really surprised if there hasn't been some misquoting or misunderstanding. Then, if she actually did say what they say she said, do what polter etc say. One point of accuracy, EP s don't statement children. There is usually a LA panel gatekeeping that, not an EP. EPs are 'necessary but not sufficient'. RE EPs only being able to recommend on educational needs, again not tsrictly accurate, EPs can and do advise ASD diagnostic panels, (I do this myself) but usually as part of a specialist role within a diagnostic team.
Look at NICE guidance on diagnosis I am pretty sure it requires an EP or clinical psych to be part of diagnosis team now under best practice. There are also asd guidelines which explain how if you get diagnosis you should be referred on to Education. Or as Star says take control of the process and apply for a statement yourself. Your request will probably be refused as premature but you then appeal and to defend the appeal they need an EP so an assessment will then happen. You can also self refer to EP you don't have to wait for school to do it esp if school don't see the problems you do.
My ds saw an EP before he was 3 years old. To be fair they were forced to see him by my constant insistence and subsequent application for a statutory assessment (this will get them there quickly) but nevertheless it happened.
But they have no or very little input into the dx process and certainly aren't necessary for it.
I think you'll find that if she spends more than 3 days in hospital the LA should assess the likelihood of her needing a Statement. It's not a well-known requirement but existed when I was more involved in SNs a few years ago.
2nd-ing everyone else here who says apply for a Statement yourself. That way she will have to be seen by the Ed Pysch as part of the Statementing process
Apologies for the confusion this is about da1. Ds2 has other additional needs and was in hospital on the weekend and I typed that in error first time.
In fact, the senco is fab and met with me and his yR teacher a few times last year. This teacher met with me last Monday, said ds settled fine and didn't seem phased with going to yr1 (in an "he can't have asd because he didn't freak out" way). She didn't care it's because every single day of the holiday he wanted to go back to the routine of school and said "when I go to school I'm in year 1. Xxxx is my teacher" on repeat.
She also said that she does her inset planning on a Monday afternoon (my only day off) so she won't be able to really speak to me but we should write letters. I have a bad feeling about this year .
Doesn't sound good, you and DS2 are being messed about.
EP can only make recommendations re additional educational needs, they cannot make any other sort of diagnosis. EP is also fudging the issue, he is in no way too young to be assessed!. EP is also under pressure not to readily statement.
What is the SENCO in this school like, any good?.
I would look at IPSEA's website and make an application to the LEA re applying for a Statement document.
Hi. Ds2 is going through asd "testing". He's got a paed, salt have assessed and sent their report, he's on the long ass waiting list for OT and his paed is assessing him in the classroom this month.
His paed asked the school to refer to ed psych. They've spoken to the ed psych who said she may not take the case on because he's too young and if she doesn't see a problem the diagnosis will be a no go even though salt has already issued a report advising asd teachers need to assist etc.
We're waiting for a special needs health visitor to get in touch following horrendous sleep issues (I have a thread on here begging for help) who could advise but not sure how long the referral will take.